RWE npower renewables has signed a £12m contract with Scottish firm Burntisland Fabrications to design and build two substation foundation structures for the Gwynt y Môr Offshore wind farm in North Wales.
The £1.7bn wind farm, currently under construction, will have 160 turbines made by Siemens and could produce 560MW.
Project director Toby Edmonds said: “The award of this contract will not only guarantee skilled fabrication jobs at BiFab but will also strengthen the UK’s position as a world-leader in the renewable energy industry.”
The jacket structures that support the offshore substations will be made at the Burntisland Fabrications Methil facility, securing employment for its 350 staff.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said: “I’m delighted by RWE’s announcement. Scotland has decades of offshore energy engineering expertise that can play a key role in meeting our renewable energy and carbon reduction targets.”
The two offshore platform jackets will be installed in April 2012 with the full completion of the wind farm two years later.